September 27th, 2012
The House Cafe
Thanks for checking out "Live at The House Cafe".
This show was particularly exciting for us for several reasons. One, we got a chance to play with 3 other great bands that we've never shared a bill with. Two, we had been hearing about the House Cafe for years, and to finally have the chance to play there was extremely exciting for us. It was important that we really made a good impression with this one.
We wanted to start the night with a bang, so we opened with "Cob", a high energy an oldie that we haven't played in a while. We segued the end of "Cob" right into one of our favorite Zmick classics, "Stay". We figured 20 minutes of high energy progressive rock/dance music/reggae would be a good way to kick things off. From there, it was important to keep the energy level up, so we decided to play one of our rocking lyrical tunes "Sweet Life". After that, we wanted to loosen things up a little and stretch out with some solos so we played "Stumbling Pineapple". A groovy tune has just enough structure to create a platform for our soloists, but not too much to limit anyone’s ability to express themselves. Pineapple always ends up being a catalyst for great musical conversations to occur between the four of us. After Pineapple, we decided to reel people in with a cover (in case they weren't really fans of the groove oriented jazz that we just spent the last 7 minutes rocking). "Sultans of Swing" seemed like a good choice because of its popularity and high energy. After that, we kind of went back into dancey/jazz/improv mode and rocked "Get off the Couch", another tune we hadn't played in a while. At this point in the night, we figured it would be okay to slow things down and also get lyrical again. "Landing Gear" seemed like an appropriate next tune due to its mellow atmospheric vibe and its heartfelt lyrical content. Following "Landing Gear" we rocked one of our favorite jazzy groove tunes, "Sue Evans" which displays a wonderful piano solo by the one and only Doug Ferdinand (the keyboardist that we all feel so fortunate to be playing with every time we get the chance). "Sue Evans" abrupt ending always allows for anticipation of the next tune, and we figured, what better way to bring the energy back up than by rocking some full out Dungeon Funk. "Belly of the Beast", while scary at first to some people, eventually got the whole room rocking with us (or we think it did). After Belly, we decided to mellow it out again, but still keep the groove rolling, so we played "Blink of an Eye" with an extended improv section in it that we've never really done before. We all had a lot of fun with it and it allowed us to improvise in a way that kept the dance party going. When Blink ended, we were informed that we only had 5 minutes left in the night, so we decided to end with a bang and rock one of our dancey tunes, "High Score". At the time, Brad Miller was suggesting "Coming Home" but Dan vetoed him on account that he wanted to keep the dance party happening. Was it a good choice? Who knows! What’s done is done, right? In retrospect, we all enjoy listening to it. Next time we go to the House, we'll have to put "Coming Home" in the setlist.
Anyways, thanks for checking it out! Hope you enjoy it! We can’t wait to get back to DeKalb. What a great venue in such a great town.
Til next time.
Rage on, amigos!
Cob>Stay, Sweet Life, Sultans of Swing, Get Off the Couch, Landing Gear>Sue Evans>Belly of the Beast, Blink of an Eye*, High Score
*W/ Extended Funk section
Collection ZmickBand/Artist ZmickDate September 27, 2012Venue The House Cafe